We’re fortunate that many research universities continue to publish peer-reviewed studies on the health benefits of cacao beans, cacao nibs and dark chocolate.

Identified as a "Super Food" or "Super Fruit," regularly eating snacking cacao, cacao nibs and high % cacao content dark chocolate can help you enjoy the following health benefits:

Lower risk of heart disease and stroke


Enhancing Human Cognition with Cocoa Flavonoids
Frontiers in Nutrition 16 May 2017

Counteract Cognitive Decline

Reduced LDL (bad) cholesterol which can reduce the risk of heart disease

Lower blood pressure

Effect of cocoa on blood pressure.
Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2017 Apr 25;4:CD008893. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD008893.pub3.

Randomized study of the effects of cocoa-rich chocolate on the ventricle–arterial coupling and vascular function of young, healthy adults
Nutrition, Volumes 63–64, July–August 2019, Pages 175-183, first published online February 2019

Cardiovascular Benefits in young, healthy adults

Inverse relationship with Type 2 diabetes

Reduced stress reactivity in your body



Look younger with positive effects on facial wrinkles and elasticity



While this is all good news, remember it's only beneficial to eat in moderation – don’t overindulge! Also, not all chocolate or cacao products are created equal – heed this advice from Berkeley Wellness when trying to eat dark chocolate for your health.